Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 15, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Deaths

Ennice Allen, 88, of Bramwell, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the residence of her daughter in Bluefield. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Mrs. Anna Mae Altizer, 87, of Richlands, Va., died Friday, March 14, 2008 following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, Va.

Juanita “Teny” Crouse, 81, of Tazewell, Va., formerly of the Dix Creek community in Tazewell County, Va., died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Heritage Hall in Tazewell. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell.

Charles Scott “Bus” Frazier, 96, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Peterstown, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Virginia Veterans Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Tommy Helen Mabe, 89, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Bluefield, Va., died Friday, March 14, 2008 in Chesapeake. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

Keith Theodore Parson, 63, of Timberhill Drive, Glenwood, died Saturday, March 15, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Mary Kathleen Utt, 63, of Hoges Chapel Community near Pembroke, Va., died March 14, 2008 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of arrangements.



Obituaries

Raymon H. “Ray” Akers Jr.

BLUEFIELD — Raymon H. “Ray” Akers Jr., age 72, of Route 4 Box 15, Bluefield, W.Va., died on Friday, March 14, 2008 at The Maples Nursing Home in Bluefield.

Born on November 21, 1935 in Welch, he was a son of the late Raymon H. Akers Sr. and Jeanne Porter Akers. He had been a resident of Bluefield most of his life and was a graduate of Beaver High School. He was a former car salesman and business machine salesman. He retired from the Princeton Chevron. Ray joined the Bluefield, W.Va. Rescue Squad in 1965 and was one of the original members serving as an officer several times. He also served on the Board of Directors for several terms. He was awarded a life membership and was active as long as his health permitted. The rescue squad was an important part of his life and he loved the sense of satisfaction he felt when he knew that someone was helped and that he had a part in it.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Jones and Wanda Lee Martin.

Survivors include: Son: Denver R. Akers of Bluefield; daughter: Vickie Bishop of Bluefield; former wife: Janie Akers of Bluefield; two grandchildren: Shannon Akers and Bridget Neal; two sisters: Glenna Mathena of Waverly, Ohio and Alice Rhinehart of Bluefield.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Reginald Blakewood officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Akers family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Mrs. Nora McKinney Childress

ABINGDON, Va. — Mrs. Nora McKinney Childress, age 86, of Abingdon, Va., formerly of Richlands, Va., passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008 in an Abingdon, Va. healthcare center following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Buchanan County, Va., and was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Myrtle Horn McKinney, both Buchanan County natives.

She had made her home in the Richlands, Va. area most of her life and was a member of the Green Springs Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Childress; one daughter, Lois Phipps; one sister, Ruby Cyphers; and one brother, Harry McKinney. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors are: Three sons: Donald Childress of Maxwell, Va., James Childress and wife, Shirley of Cedar Bluff, Va., Jerry Childress and wife, Alice of Rustburg, Va.; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nora McKinney Childress will be conducted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va. with the Rev. Guy Hunt Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.

Curtis Herald

TAZEWELL, Va. — Walter Curtis Herald, age 70, of Tazewell, Va., died Friday, March 14, 2008 at his home. Born July 3, 1937 at Tazewell, Va., he was a son of the late Jesse Franklin “Deck” Herald and Minnie Lee Hall Herald.

Curtis was a retired paint contractor. He attended the Tazewell Family Worship Center. Through his last illness his days were made more comfortable by the outstanding, compassionate care of Preferred Hospice and his personal care nurses.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Ellen Amburgey; three brothers, Howard Herald, Carl P. Herald, and Jesse Franklin Herald Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Ann Herald; two daughters, Tina Heath and husband, Ellis of Marion, Va. and Karen Sheets and husband, Skip of Weber City, Va.; two sons, Gary Herald and wife, Pam of Salem, Va. and Pastor Rick Herald and wife, Lyn of Claypool Hill, Va.; three brothers, Clyde Herald and wife, Aileen, John E. Herald and William R. Herald all of Tazewell, Va.; eight grandchildren, Jason Herald, Nathan Herald, Justin Herald, Colten Herald, Jordan Herald, Brittany Heath, Braden Heath, and Tara Sheets; one great-grandchild, Erin Mae Herald.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2008 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with the Rev. Lawrence Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Grandsons serving as pallbearers will be Jason Herald, Nathan Herald, Justin Herald, Braden Heath, Colten Herald, and Dennis Hall, nephew.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, March 17, 2008 after 12:30 p.m.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Justin Keith Matusevich

FALLS MILLS, Va. — Justin Keith Matusevich, 21, of Falls Mills, Va., died Friday, March 14, 2008 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born February 18, 1987 in Bluefield, W.Va., Justin was the son of Johnny and Sandy Minton Matusevich of Falls Mills, Va. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Lonnie Arlin Minton.

Justin was a 2005 graduate of Graham High School and was currently enrolled as an honor student at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Va.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his maternal grandmother, Garnette Jackie Minton of Falls Mills, Va.; paternal grandparents, Johnny and Jolene Matusevich of Bluefield, W.Va.; two sisters: Elisha Doss and husband, David of Bluefield, Va. and Stormi Matusevich of Falls Mills, Va.; aunts: Sherry Sheppard and husband, Billy of Springville, Va., Vicki Helton of Bluefield, Va., Beverly Thomas and husband, Joe of Princeton, W.Va.; uncles: Dale Minton and wife, Faye of Williamston, N.C., Dannie Minton of Pasadena, Calif., Terry Minton and wife, Phyllis of Bluefield, Va., Roby Minton and wife, Becky of Harrisonburg, Va., Craig Minton of Falls Mills, Va., and Victor Matusevich of Greensboro, N.C.; special nephew, Brian Cuppett of Bluefield, Va.; special niece, Savannah “Nanna” Doss of Bluefield, Va.; many special cousins, and a special friend, Sheanna Cline.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va. with Pastor Tony Reed presiding. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service. Serving as pallbearers will be Shane Harris, Shannon Minton, Kevin Doss, Steve Lambert, Danny Brewster, David Doss, Jacob Powers, Andy Henderson, Jessee Peery, and Travis Walk. Honorary pallbearer will be John Mark O’Neal. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Bluefield, Va., following the service.

Dudley Memorial Mortuary of Bluefield, Va. is serving the Matusevich family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

George Walter Nunley Jr.

BLUEFIELD — George Walter Nunley Jr., age 71, of 22 North View Estate (P.O. Box 515), Bluefield, W.Va., died on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Beckley Veteran's hospital.

Born on August 26, 1936 in Buchanan, he was a son of the late George Nunley Sr. and Ida Mae Hicks Nunley. He had been a resident of Bluefield for 20 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired carpenter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Nunley; a brother, Norman Nunley; and a sister, Goldie Burress Strahan.

Survivors include: Wife: Judy G. Beavers Nunley of the home; stepmother: Hallie Mae Nunley of Richlands, Va.; two sons: Christopher Nunley and Jennifer Tracy of Princeton, Mark Nunley of Baltimore, Md.; four daughters: Erin Nunley and Martin Lilly of Princeton, Cathleen Atwell and David “DJ” Atwell of Princeton, Patsy Huffman of Baltimore, Md., Charlene Gore of Baltimore, Md.; grandchildren: Austin Nunley, Jordan Atwell, Justin Chapman, Vince Gore Jr., Sierra (CiCi) Gore, Nicole White, Ryan Smith, Ashley Smith, Mark Jr. Nunley; sisters: Hazel Brewster and Hubert of Newhall, Rosie Fornier of Princeton, Carol Burton of Elliott City, Md.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Arnold Marrs and the Rev. Tommy Helmandollar officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell with DJ Atwell, Martin Lilly, Kenny Wallace, David White, Clayton Atwell, and Jack Burton serving as pallbearers.

Friends may call on Sunday (today) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Nunley family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Mabel Cleo Painter

SALISBURY, Md. — Mabel Cleo Painter, 96, of Salisbury, Md., formerly of Bluefield, Va., died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Salisbury Genesis Elder Care in Salisbury.

Born in Bluefield, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Daniel and Ester Louise (Dooley) Honaker.

While living in West Virginia Mrs. Painter worked in the textile industry. She and her late husband, William B. Painter moved to Salisbury in 1994 and attended St. Andrews United Methodist Church until she went to live at Salisbury Genesis Elder Care.

She is survived by one son, Rev. Buford E. Painter and his wife Mildred of Salisbury; a brother, William Douglas Honaker and his wife Kitty of Peoria, Ariz. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Walton Scott Honaker, Jessie Mae Honaker, Frederick Leroy Honaker, Carl Raymond Honaker, Earl Hamilton Honaker and Ethel Virginia Honaker.

A private service will be held at a later date at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Bluefield, W.Va.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is in charge of arrangements.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Samantha Mullins Payne

BRADSHAW — Mrs. Samantha Mullins Payne, 99, of Bradshaw, went to be with her Lord on March 13, 2008. She was born on August 22, 1908, in Bradshaw, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph and Clara Osborne Mullins and was a lifelong resident of the Bradshaw area.

A homemaker and a willing worker for her Lord, family, and community, Mrs. Payne enjoyed sewing and preparing gifts for “her soldiers” as she called the veterans at Barboursville and Beckley hospitals. She was a 50-year member of the Bradshaw Rebekah Lodge, having served as Noble Grand and in several other offices. She attended the Raysal Freewill Baptist Church as long as she was able and enjoyed the fellowship of members who came to visit her at home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Payne; one son, William Ray Payne; an infant daughter; a brother, Paul Mullins; and four sisters, Mary Jane Payne, Rebecca Asbury, Alice Hawks, and Lola Dunnigan.

Survivors include one daughter, Hester Anglin of Bradshaw, with whom she made her home; two sons, Charles Payne and wife, Helen, of Fruit Park, Fla., and Lowell Payne and wife, Beulah, of New Castle, Ky.; her daughter-in-law, Norma Jean Holcomb of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one sister, Grace Mullins of Paynesville; seven grandchildren, Dr. Donna Roberts and husband, Dr. Michael Hughes, of Louisville, Ky., David Payne and wife, Shelagh, of La Grange, Ky., Robin Lynn Payne of Montclair, Va., Sherry Austin and husband, Jeff, of Orlando, Fla., Bill Payne and wife, Tamara, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Dr. Kenneth Payne and wife, Dr. Susan Hagan, of Marysville, Ky., Jamey Payne and wife, Debra, of Lorton, Va.; three step-grandchildren, David Anglin, Freddie Anglin, and Judy Westbrook, eleven great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, twelve step-great-great-grandchildren, her special caregivers, Beverly Steele and Sharon Rose, and several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Sunday), March 16, 2008 at 12 o’clock at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger with the Reverend Herman Day officiating. Burial will follow in the Tom Sparks Cemetery on Bradshaw Mountain near Paynesville. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Friends called at the funeral home, Saturday evening, March 15, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m., where the Rebekah Lodge 86 conducted an evening service at 7:30.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a contribution to the McDowell County Library, Bradshaw Branch, Bradshaw, WV 24817; or the WV Veterans Home, Barboursville, WV 25504.

Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Joseph William Repass

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Joseph William Repass, 85, of Bluefield, Va. and formerly of Paeonian Springs, Va., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Westwood Center in Bluefield, Va.

Born October 28, 1922 in Burkes Garden, Va., he was a son of the late Joseph N. Repass and Carrie Virginia McFarland Repass. Mr. Repass worked for Kemper Cabinet Company in Indiana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.

Survivors include one sister, Virginia L. Myers of Bluefield, W.Va.; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and all of his friends at Westwood.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with John Cuddy officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Family and friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the Mercer Funeral Home on Sunday (today), March 16th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Those wishing to share memories or e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.mercerfuneralhome.com

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family of Mr. Joseph William Repass.

Kermit Thirl Sigmon

BLUEFIELD — Kermit Thirl Sigmon, age 81, of Route 5 Box 265, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away March 14, 2008 at his residence.

Born Nov. 18, 1926 at Rocky Mt., Va., he was a son of the late George Woody and Irene Sigmon Sigmon. He had been a resident of Bluefield for 70 years and was of the Methodist faith. He was a coal miner with Consol having retired from Crane Creek. He worked in the mining industry for 37 years and was a member of the UMWA. Kermit was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel G. Sigmon; and a daughter, Patricia Gale Thomason.

Survivors include: Companion for 22 years: Sarah Ruth Jones of Bluefield; three sons: Bruce Steven Sigmon of Bluefield, Barry Gene Sigmon and wife Terry of Roanoke, Va., Rodney Craig Sigmon and wife Donna of Bluefield; three grandchildren; four brothers: James Willard Sigmon of Bluewell, Donald Sigmon of Virginia, Ronald Sigmon of Virginia, Dennis Sigmon of Princeton; one sister: Brenda Shrader of Union.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Danny Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The West Virginia Army Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services.

Friends may call on Sunday (today) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Sigmon family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Mrs. Mary R. Simpkins

MONTCALM — Mrs. Mary R. Simpkins, 65, of Montcalm, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mrs. Simpkins was a member of the Church of Christ in Bluefield, Va. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ira Ratcliff; her mother, Ruth Ratcliff Ritchie; and her brother, George Ratcliff.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Howard Simpkins; her daughters, Rhonda Neal and Cathy Hare; her grandchildren, Danielle Pennington, Jennifer Blankenship, Lauren Prim and Matthew Hare; her siblings, Lionel Ratcliff, John Ratcliff, Millie Ratcliff, David Ratcliff, Gary Ratcliff and Becky Repass.

Memorials may be directed to the Kate B Reynolds Hospice and Pallative Care Center in Winston-Salem, NC or the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by Cremation Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Thomas H. Tosh

WILMINGTON, Ill. — U.S. Veteran Thomas H. Tosh ”Uncle Bill” recently of Wilmington, was called home early on March 13, 2008 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born in Crumpler, W.Va., lived in Bluefield, W.Va., and then in his early years served in the United States Navy. After the service Uncle Bill moved to the Chicago area where he became a teamster working for Terrazzo Marble Co., from where he retired. He never had his own children, but was a father figure to many. He was quick with a joke, and just as quick to help if anyone who was in need. Uncle Bill was loved by many and will be missed.

He leaves behind his loving nieces and nephews, which include: Niece Eileen Powell; great-niece and great-nephews, Brandy, Kristopher and Michael and great-great nephew Nicholas of Wilmington, Ill.; Maryalice (the late Dennis) Tosh-Nelson; great nephew Jason and great-great niece Kaitlyn of Bridgeview, Ill.; nephew James (Rose) Tosh, great-nephew and great-niece Jeremy and Jessica and great-great nephew Branden of Justice, Ill.; niece Kathy (Ralph) Narcaroti, great nephews: Lenny and Nathan and great-great niece Briana of McHenry, Ill. and a niece Patrice (Ken) Hugo, great-great niece Brooke and great-great nephews: Travis, Cody, Jake and Adam, all of Lake in the Hills, Ill. He also will be missed by his niece Carol Trump and great-nephew Ken Trump of Virginia and Bonita (the late Charlie) Tosh, great-nephew and great-niece Charlie and Charity Tosh and great-great niece Hannah Tosh, all of Bluefield, W.Va.

Uncle Bill was preceded by his parents, Charles and Katie; brothers: Charlie and Ray and his sister, Fannie Tosh.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 219 North Joliet Street (one block North of Illinois Route 53 / Baltimore Street) in Wilmington. We will then process to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. for Military Honors and inurnment at 1:30 p.m.

Friends may sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements are under the direction of Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815/476-7621)



Funerals

Funerals scheduled today include:

• Clyde Lee Brooks: 2 p.m., Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff, Va. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Claypool Hill, Va.

• Delma Louise Reed Jennings: 1 p.m., Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell. Entombment will follow at Bailey Cemetery, Beartown.

• Mrs. Marie Mann: 2 p.m., Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, Wikel.

• Donald Gene Ratliff: 2 p.m., Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell.

• Wilma Whittaker Stevenson: 1 p.m., Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. Interment will follow in Hartwell Cemetery, Hartwell.

• Daniel Lee Taylor: 3 p.m., Newcomer Funeral Home (South Chapel) in Kettering, Ohio.